Leonard Manasseh

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Leonard Sulla Manasseh OBE RA (21 May 1916 – 5 March 2017) was a British architect, best known for the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, which he co-designed with Ian Baker.

He was born in Eden Hall, Singapore, which was then the house of his uncle Ezekiel Manasseh, a rice and opium merchant, and is now the residence of the British High Commissioner.[1]

Manasseh's reputation rose with his work at the Festival of Britain, and he formed Leonard Manasseh and Partners with Ian Baker, becoming "one of the leading British architects of the 1960s".[2]

In 1958-60 Rutherford School, Paddington, was built to a design by Manasseh and Baker and in 1964 they designed the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.[1] In the 1982 Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[3]

He turned 100 in May 2016[4] and died in March 2017.[5]

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/27) with Leonard Manasseh in 1998 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Architect Leonard Manasseh at age 100 | Blog | Royal Academy of Arts". Royalacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Leonard Manasseh & Partners". Historic England. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  3. ^ "No. 49008". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1982. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Charles Saumarez Smith (2016-05-21). "Leonard Manasseh RA". Charlessaumarezsmith.com. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  5. ^ Brittain-Catlin, Timothy. "Leonard Manasseh obituary | Art and design". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  6. ^ National Life Stories, 'Manasseh, Leonard (1 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives', The British Library Board, 1998. Retrieved 10 April 2018